November 28, 2013 |
Christina Rivera hates to see food go to waste, so she is cracking down at her Silver Lake restaurant. Rivera began weighing the trash generated by Gobi Mongolian BBQ House with an eye toward shrinking the pile of scraps, peels and other organic material. She put up signs noting that some 40% of the nation's food supply is thrown out each year. Then she did something that put some patrons into a rage: On busy all-you-can-eat nights, the restaurant now charges an extra fee for any plate with leftover food.
November 26, 2013 |
Ants may seem tiny and weak when they're alone, but together they can form a sort of "super-organism" -- one with superpowers. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that a jumbled crowd of fire ants acts like both an elastic solid and a viscous liquid -- a rare and remarkable property that holds the secrets of self-healing materials. The discovery could one day help scientists design self-repairing bridges and self-assembling modular robots, said co-author David Hu, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech, at the American Physical Society's fluid dynamics conference in Pittsburgh.
November 8, 2013 |
A New Hampshire man fought in the state's top court Thursday for the right to get a vanity license plate reading “COPSLIE," prompting a debate about free speech. The former David Montenegro -- who has officially changed his name to “human,” as he was called in court -- had tried to buy the plate multiple times in 2010 but was rejected by the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles. He sued, lost and appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The state's regulations say a vanity plate must “not be capable of an obscene interpretation” and “not be ethnically, racially, or which a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste.” The plaintiff, joined by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, argued that “good taste” is too subjective, and therefore allows discriminatory practices in issuing license places. Anthony Galdieri, an attorney representing the civil liberties union, argued that ambiguity in the regulation allows for arbitrary denials.
October 24, 2013 |
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen. This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles - places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life.
October 20, 2013
Re “Love cats, eat cows?,” Opinion, Oct. 13 While reading this opinion piece, I couldn't help but think of another recent article about snowstorms ravaging cattle herds in South Dakota. The former expresses the inconsistencies in our thinking about animals. As Hal Herzog says, “We simply ignore the inherent paradox of loving the cats in our homes and eating the cows on our plates.” The ranchers are distraught about the horrific deaths suffered by the animals in the storm: “These aren't just inanimate objects.
October 18, 2013 |
Had your fill of brutally competitive cooking shows? Ready for a more thoughtful take on food and restaurants? Then the documentary " Spinning Plates " which opens at the Landmark on Oct. 25, is for you. Directed by Joseph Levy, the film interweaves the stories of three very different restaurants, taking the time to really understand what each is about and why the chefs and cooks of each are so dedicated to their places -- and to the customers...
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October 16, 2013 |
Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher - Kumar Pallana - who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?
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October 15, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown has cleared the way for California to begin issuing license plates adorned with the classic Peanuts beagle, Snoopy. Revenue generated from the specialized plate sales will benefit the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and fund museums statewide under AB 482, proposed by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Brown signed the bill earlier this month. More than 9,200 Californians have pledged to buy one of the plates, according to Atkins.
October 10, 2013 |
“Pickling is amazing! A pickle on every plate!” the teacher exclaimed. Ernest Miller , who teaches the canning and preserving course that's in its fourth week, does not necessarily mean cucumber discs or spears - though he finds those pretty fetching. My own experience is narrower. My grandmother made traditional bread and butter pickles - pretty sweet, with the orange tinge of turmeric. But in class, we did three other kinds of pickling. And those, Miller said, are among countless possibilities.
September 28, 2013 |
The Dodgers had heard the stories. Everyone in baseball had. Stories that said Hanley Ramirez was a diva. Or a malcontent. How he could play brilliantly one day then just go through the motions the next. The Dodgers thought they knew one other thing: that Ramirez could flat-out hit. So 14 months ago they rolled the dice, sending two top pitching prospects to the Miami Marlins to acquire Ramirez, who had $38 million left on his contract. Their faith will be rewarded Thursday when the Dodgers begin postseason play for the first time in four seasons.